Kruger2Canyon Challenge Race Information

2024 ENTRIES OPEN

All entries include a R200 per runner per day conservation fee to the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere.

A Trail experience in the lowveld

4 Distances To Choose From

All routes are fully marked and do not require a GPS or self-navigation. Aid Stations are positioned along the route. Distances between aid stations vary from 7km to 14km. All routes on Day 1 Start and Finish at the Race Venue. On Day 2, the 20km Stage Race participants will be transported to the start point. All other routes start at the Race Venue.

70km Stage Race (42k m + 28km)

This Stage Race is a notoriously tough course - quickly earned itself the reputation of one of South Africa's toughest stages on a multiday event. Both days start and finish at Laerskool Mariepskop.
Day 1 takes place in steep mountainous terrain (Mariepskop and the Blyde River Canyon) with approx. 2300m of elevation gain.
42km, 2561m elevation.
4 aid stations (3 main, 1 minor), approx. every 10km.
Cut-off: 2pm (8.5hrs) at the 30km mark.
Men’s Record: 4:55:33, Johardt van Heerden, 2019
Women’s Record: 5:43:54, Nadia Jooste, 2023
Day 2 is much easier - flatter and easier terrain , but not to be totally underestimated on tired legs!
28km, 533m elevation.

44km Stage Race (26km + 18km)

The Marathon distance was added in 2017. Both days start and finish at Laerskool Mariepskop.
Day 1 is a tough 26km - it also climbs up Mariepskop Mountain, but does not go down into the Canyon, meaning it has considerably less elevation gain.
25km, 1715m elevation gain. 2 aid stations (1 main, 1 minor).
No cut-offs.
Day 2 runs through the scenic town of Kampersrus, into Moholoholo Mountain View Reserve.
18km, 412m elevation.

30km Stage Race (16km + 14km)

In 2023 we introduced the 30km for the first time. Its the perfect challenge for those unsure of their abilities on a stage race, or just looking for something shorter. The longer courses have proven a real challenge, so the this shorter option is bound to draw new runners who want to be part of the vibe but felt intimidated by the challenge.
Day 1 will have the same opening climb as the other two courses, but the loop on top is smaller, but still seriously spectacular through the indigenous forest.
16km, 1311m elevation gain

1 main aid station.
No cut-offs.
Day 2 also runs through Kampersrus and enters Moholoholo Mountain View, for a smaller loop.
14km, 347m elevation.

20km Stage Race (10km + 10km)

Due to popular demand, we are bringing you the 20km Stage Race! Made up of 2 x 10km routes, this is the ultimate way to experience the Kruger2Canyon Challenge, without the pressure of climbing the mountain!
Day 1 will still involve climbing, taking runners into the spectacular indigenous forest that clings to the slopes of Mariepskop Mountain, thick with towering trees, lush clivias and darting red duiker. With all the work being done early in the race, participants can then soak up the expansive views over the treetops and Lowveld below as the route then loops down to the finish. Start & Finish: Laerskool Mariepskop. 10.1km, 548m elevation gain Technical single track, dirt road and tar.
Day 2 sees runners start at the gate into Moholoholo Mountain View, for a stunning loop through this stunning game reserve. Home to leopard, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and abundant plains game, Moholoholo Mountain View also boasts one of the best views back up at the mountain, allowing participants to appreciate the previous days efforts! On exiting the reserve, the route picks its way through the back roads of the scenic town of Kampersrus to the finish at Laerskool Mariepskop.
Start: Moholoholo Mountain View Gate 6. Transport provided from Laerskool Mariepskop to Start. Finish: Laerskool Mariepskop 10km, 293m elevation gain
Jeep track, single track and short section of tar.

Compulsory Gear

Depending on the weather forecast, items from the Compulsory Gear List may be removed by the organisers at Race Briefing.

For hygiene & environmental reasons, our aid stations are cupless. Please carry your own (collapsible) cup.

70km & 44km Stage Race Participants

  1. 2.0L Hydration Capacity (Waist Belt or Pack)
  2. Some basic nutrition
  3. Space Blanket
  4. Charged Phone
  5. Rain Jacket
  6. Base Layer (Long Sleeve)
  7. Headlamp for Day 1 start

30km Stage Race Participants

  1. 2.0L Hydration Capacity (Waist Belt or Pack)
  2. Some basic nutrition
  3. Space Blanket
  4. Charged Phone
  5. Rain Jacket
  6. Base Layer (Long Sleeve)

20km Stage Race Participants

  1. 500ml Hydration
  2. Base Layer (Long Sleeve)
  3. Space Blanket
  4. Charged Phone

The Venue

Race information: Laerskool Mariepskop, venue for the Kruger2Canyon Challenge

The race is hosted at Laerskool Mariepskop in the small mountainside town of Kampersrus, Limpopo, South Africa. 

Dorm accommodation is available at the school hostel and camping is set up on the sports fields.

All stages Start on the school sports fields, except the 20km Stage Race, Day 2 (runners will be transported from the school to the start). All stages Finish on the school sports fields. 

Packages & Meals

Enjoy the local Lowveld produce. Vegetarian meal options available.

Stage Race Entry Only

You can book a runner's package and arrange your own food and accommodation.
Includes: race entry, race pack, R200 donation to the K2C Biosphere, fully marked routes, aid stations, medical and safety support, finisher memento, full race village.
Self-camping at the venue is an option at R210 pppn and dormitory bookings available at R275 pppn.

Onsite Accommodation Packages

Includes race entry, race pack, R200 donation to the K2C Biosphere, fully marked routes, aid stations, medical and safety support, finisher memento, full race village, meals plus:
Tented Accommodation (suitable for 1 person + luggage) OR Dorm Accommodation.
The meal package includes 6 meals over the weekend (valued at R800). *Vegetarian option available on request.

Spectator Package

This is a family friendly weekend, with so many activities for all ages!

Adult Spectator Package includes: - Onsite or Offsite options (onsite = Dorm Accommodation or Self-camping),
- Meals (6 meals over the weekend, Vegetarian option available on request),
- Race Pack (includes Versus Socks), and
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Tour.
Children's (u12) Spectator Package includes:
- Onsite or Offsite options (onsite = Dorm Accommodation or Self-camping),
- Meals (6 meals over the weekend, Vegetarian option available on request),
- Race Pack (includes Versus Socks),
- KidZone Access all weekend, and
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Tour.

Single Day Entries

You can enter for just one of the two days.
Includes: race entry, R200 donation to the K2C Biosphere, fully marked routes, aid stations, medical and safety support, full race village.
Entry does not include race pack or finisher memento.

Onsite Accommodation

Tented Accommodation (suitable for 1 person + luggage) on the school sports fields. A mattress is provided - please bring your own bedding & towels. A basic Camp Kitchen is available (gas cooker, urn, wash-up area).
Dorm Accommodation in Laerskool Mariepskop school hostel. Rooms have 4 - 10 beds with mattresses. Please bring your own bedding & towels.

Self-Camp

Seasoned campers can bring their own camping equipment and set up on the school fields.
Bring all your own equipment. A basic Camp Kitchen (gas cooker, urn, wash-up area) and shared electrical points (bring extensions) are available .

Amafu Forest Lodge

Self catering cottages and luxury tented accommodation, 1.3km from the Race Venue. A forest-lovers paradise!
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Moholoholo Mountain View

Simple, neat 3 - 5 sleeper rooms with en suit bathrooms and tea / coffee facilities, fridge & braai area. Situated only 8km from the race venue, Day 2 runs through this reserve!
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Alternative Accommodation

There is plenty of accommodation in the Kampersrus / Hoedspruit area. We recommend that you check travel time from your prospective accommodation to Laerskool Mariepskop on Google Maps, prior to booking.
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Accommodation Options

Limited Tented Packages (tent provided), Dorm, Self-camping, and Offsite accommodation options.

Pricing

DIRECTIONS

Travel information from Nearby Cities

Johannesburg / Pretoria – 450km with an ETA of 5 hr 15 min.
Hoedspruit – 30km with an ETA of 30 min.
Nelspruit – 155km with an ETA of 2 hr 21 min.

For a Google Map link, click HERE.

From Nelspruit

Travel on the R40 towards Hoedspruit. Shortly after the Orpen Gate turn off keep left on the R531.

After 15.2km turn left into Mare St and follow for 3.3km to Laerskool Mariepskop

From Lydenburg/Ohrigstad:

Travel on the R36 towards Hoedspruit. After going through the tunnel and descending into the Lowveld take the R527 (still towards Hoespruit). Then turn right onto the R531, a few kms after crossing the Blyde River.

Follow the R531 FOR 14.2km past the entrance road to Kampersrus, and turn left into Mare St and follow for 3.3km to Laerskool Mariepskop